Step back in time
If you’ve never been to The Shoppes at the Old Mill at 316- 320 E Sugartree Street, you are in for a real treat! Walking into the Shoppes, I was greeted by the official Shoppe ambassadors, Milton (the cat) and Sophie (the beautiful Brittany pup), and I just felt at home immediately!
The Shoppes are situated in an old mill, and it’s just a coincidence that the proprietor’s name is Sally Miller! She showed me around and pointed out some of the interesting details of the building itself, such as the charred beams still intact even after a major fire many years ago. Now the large space is occupied by over 40 antique dealers.
“At one time there was even a barrel maker in the building, the grain was packaged in barrels then shipped off in the trains that ran the rails just near the Mill.” And as if on cue, a train went rumbling past and blew it’s whistle as it neared the crossing at St Rt 22 East Main Street through town. That train-an evocative sound that harkens back to Wilmington’s roots as an agricultural trade center.
The Shoppe’s antique, vintage, and collectible dealers offer so much variety that I knew it would take several visits to see and shop all the booths. It is apparent that Sally has a discerning eye and looks for quality vendors who pay attention to detail and are passionate about their niches. I found so many great buys- vintage vinyl, antique stoves and birdhouses, kitchen implements, benches and furniture, toys and glass, artwork and photos…I may never leave! You must check out the picture gallery below to see some of the unique finds and beautiful interior!
Home Again II
Sally’s personal enterprise is a Home Decor shop attached to the Old Mill that features a beautiful collection of home goods. I was immediately intrigued by some large, resonant wind chimes by Majesty Bells that had a deep melodious tone. An enormous selection of scented candles, oils, melts, and warmers awaits you next to beautiful wreaths and crafting supplies. So many treasures to be had! Art, Stationery, Kitchen goods, Private Label canned foods, preserves, soups and dips, knits and crafts- oh my! I know where I will be shopping for the holidays!
Special events & Extended Hours
HOURS: MON- FRI 10am-5:30pm
SUNDAYS starting 11/27-12/18 12pm-5pm * Special Holiday Hours!
Sally will soon offer food tastings of her private label goods- watch for an announcement soon!
Shop Small Saturday 11/ 26 All Day
Homespun Christmas in Wilmington 12/3 at Denver Elementary 9am-4pm